Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

William Hooker with Eyvind Kang & Bill Horist
The Seasons Fire

Important Records Imprec-133


"This all-star trio features William Hooker on drums, Eyvind Kang on violin and guitar and Bill Horist on guitar. Sync'd up like they've been playing together for eternity these recordings represent a dramatic paradigm shift in the art of improvisation. These three thoroughly modern artists scan jazz, new music and noise - stretching it all out and putting it back together within the expansive boundaries of these tremendously compelling high energy recordings. William Hooker has performed as a leader of many ensembles of improvised and new music. Accompanying musicians have included: Billy Bang, Thurston Moore, David Murray, David S. Ware, William Parker, Melvin Gibbs, Donald Miller, DJ Olive, Elliot Sharpe, Malachi Thompson, Zeena Parkins, Lee Ranaldo, DJ Spooky, Rob Brown, Roy Campbell, Mark Hennen, Steven Bernstein, Roy Nathanson, Jason Hwang, Glenn Spearman, Joseph Celli, Ellen Christi and many more Eyvind Kang's introduction seems to have come when he was still a student at Cornish College. At this time he traveled to NYC to perform and tour with John Zorn's Cobra game piece. Kang has since recorded and toured with John Zorn, Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs, Bill Frissel, Sun City Girls, Arto Lindsay, Wayne Horvitz & many more.Bill Horist has played or recorded with members of Larsen, Earth and The Boredoms as well as Bill Frisell,Wayne Horvitz, KK Null, Matt Chamberlain, Trey Gunn, Chris Cutler, Kawabata Makoto, Trey Spruance, Eugene Chadbourne, TatsuyaYoshida, Shazaad Ismaily, Climax Golden Twins, Haco, Illusion of Safety, Saadet Tuerkoez, Planktonman, Jack Wright, Steve Fisk, Anla Courtis (Reynols) and many more." - IR.

William Hooker
Crossing Points featuring Thomas Chapin

NoBusiness Records NBLP-30/31


Drummer William Hooker has been a massive presence on the fringes of the New York free jazz scene for several decades, announcing himself via a monster private press side, 1977’s Is Eternal Life that featured both David Murray and David S. Ware, and since then going on to forge links with the downtown avant rock scene through releases on Ecstatic Peace and collaborations with Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Christian Marclay, Zeena Parkins, Jim O’Rourke et al. This is his first release in a while and it’s a monster, a series of live duets with the late saxophonist Thomas Chapin recorded in NYC in 1992. Hooker has a tough, no-frills style and his obsessive hypnotic/ritual style approach pushes Chapin to the limits, with the two of them caught up in hurricane dynamics and ululating polyrhythmic/polyphonic exchanges where the personalities blur into one tremendous vibrating love cry, with Chapin generating impossibly dense note constructs that Hooker juggles between time signatures. Chapin passed away in 1998 at the age of only 40 from Leukemia but this is a startling memorial for a great free spirit and a short-lived but insanely dynamic creative duo. Edition of 500 copies with gatefold sleeve and liners from Hooker and Bruce Gallanter. 

William Hooker Quintet
Channels Of Consciousness

NoBusiness Records NBCD-52


Welcome return as a leader for free drummer William Hooker, who has worked with Glenn Spearman, Sabir Mateen, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo and William Parker. Channels Of Consciousness documents a show recorded live at Roulette, NYC on 27th March 2010, featuring Adam Lane on bass, Dave Ross on guitar, Chris DiMeglio on trumpet, ‘Sanga’ on percussion and Hooker on drums. The group play through a series of blazing compositions, with Hooker’s tense, polyrhythmic style further bolstered by Sanga’s hand percussion, pushing Ross into some broiling electric guitar-isms while DiMeglio rides the waves of pure electricity. No one can power through genre conventions conventions with the single-mindedness of Hooker and it’s a pleasure to have him back.